We even had a family picture taken! As I type this two months later (October 21, 2013) Abigail look so small in this picture.
Another garden area held several gourds.
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American Milking Devon Cattle nearly vanished from the planet. Cows of an antique and once-popular stock, by the 1970s, the world's population of the animals had dwindled to less than 100. Just when the decline looked irreversible, individuals and organizations set out to save them, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and its coach and livestock staff among them.
It was during the early 1980s that the foundation decided to try to help save threatened domesticated breeds. In 1986, it selected Milking Devons as the first animals for its rare breeds program. Seventeen Devons live now contentedly at Colonial Williamsburg, and the global herd numbers 600.
--from Colonial Williamsburg Journal, Holiday 2007
Did you know?Members of five generations of the Washington family, including George Washington's father, grandfather, and great-grandfather are buried at George Washington's Birthplace National Monument.
--NPS Website, George Washington's Birthplace National Monument website footer
In 1664, John Washington, the great-grandfather of George Washington, built a small house on this site. From these modest beginnings, a powerful and prominent Virginia family would arise.
During his thirteen years here, John Washington attended to his farm, his growing business interests, and his ascending social position. He purchased extensive tracts of land throughout Westmoreland County and as far north as Little Hunting Creek--a tract today called Mount Vernon. He served in the Virginia legislature, as an offier in the militia, and as a justice of the peace. When he died in 1677, he left an estate that included 8,500 acres.
Archeologists revealed that the John Washington site included the main house (40x20 feet), at least two outbuildings, and the family burial ground, to your right.
--NPS signage, The John Washington House
The cemetery was surrounded by a brick wall with a nearly closed gate at the entrance. Actually I wasn't completely sure if the gate could close straight or if it only came nearly closed at an angle--it looks almost like they would overlap.
--NPS signage, The Burial Ground
The decorative bits of stonework are interesting. I like this creature in particular.
The trip was fun and I can't wait until we can explore more historic locales in Virginia!